This fast growing perennial is widely distributed from south Florida, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Israel, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Vietnam, but it is believed to have originated in South America. The vibrant colored skin is a thin rind, but inside are hundreds of tiny black seeds inside a white, magenta, or pink flesh full of nutrients.
What makes dragon fruit so right for our bodies?
Well, it is full of goodness for your entire body and that starts with its richness in vitamin C, but it also has vitamins B1, B2, and B3. It has calcium, iron, and phosphorus, high in dietary fiber and phytoalbumins, which contain antioxidant properties. Dragon fruit is filled with those tiny black seeds and they are not only edible but also an asset to the fruit and to us. The seeds are extremely high in polyunsaturated fatty acids like Omega 3 and 6 and it contains carotene. This fruit is blood sugar regulating and an immune boosting asset to your diet.
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What makes dragon fruit so great for our hair?
Just about everything mentioned for benefiting your body will also benefit your hair. The fatty acids are excellent supporters for healthy hair with the Omega 3s keeping your hair lustrous and shiny while the Omega 6s stimulate hair growth. Those Omega 3s are also vital to our body’s production of collagen and collagen helps each strand of hair maintain its thickness. Unfortunately, as we age this delivery slows down, so this is very important for our aging hair to get this type of help.
How to use it
Dragon fruit is great for softening color-treated or chemically-treated tresses. Apply dragon fruit juice on your scalp and hair for 15-20 minutes before shampooing for scalp calming benefits from the antioxidants. This in turn increases blood circulation and good blood circulation allows oxygen to get to the hair follicles for proper growth. Dragon fruit also has niacin, which dilates the blood vessels and allows for better circulation of blood to nourish the scalp and hair follicles.
Dragon fruit can benefit your hair whether you consume it or use it in hair products. Here are some popular hair products that contain this tropical fruit.
- Tigi Catwalk Sleek Mystique Calming Conditioner
- SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Crème Rinse
- SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Texture Spray
- SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Hair Mousse
- Good Bubble Dragon Fruit Shampoo
- Good Bubble Dragon Fruit Extract Smoothy Conditioner
Here is a tasty and healthy dragon fruit smoothie pumped with protein, iron, and vitamin C that will benefit your skin, hair and body.
- 1/2 cup dragon fruit, peeled
- 1 gram of chia seeds, soaked for 5 min.
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 2 cups fresh baby spinach
- 4 ounces unsweetened almond milk
Calories: 131 | Fat: 2g (grams) | Protein: 5g | Carbs: 21g | Calcium: 6% | Iron: 3.6mg | Vitamin A: 40% | Vitamin C: 36%